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Bharat Bandh: Kerala witnesses complete shutdown; protests continue in Bihar, UP, TN

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Bharat Bandh: Kerala sees a complete shutdown; protests continue in Bihar, UP, TN

Led by the Congress, the opposition parties on Monday organised a ‘Jan Aakrosh Diwas’ to protest against the Centre’s demonetisation move. Ever since the winter session in Parliament began, the opposition is constantly protesting and standing united against the demonetisation.

However, they looked divided on how they will hold the protests against demonetisation on Monday. While the Left Front wanted to hold a 12-hour bandh in West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress-led state government has vowed to foil it.

On the other hand, issuing a circular, the state finance department stated that all employees would be required to attend office on Monday and Tuesday. It further added that the exceptions would be made only in case of bereavement, maternity leave, hospitalisation and other ‘genuine reasons’.

Just ahead of the winter session, the opposition parties met in the Parliament. Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agrawal had said that all opposition parties are united except the Janata Dal (United). JD(U) is maintaining a “dual stand,” he added.

Here’s how protests unfolded in different parts of the country on Monday:

Delhi NCR

Although the news of proposed Bandh was doing rounds for quite long, the major traders associations in Delhi had said that no political party has asked them to participate in the shut down against demonetisation.

Tamil Nadu

In Tamil Nadu, Dravida Munnetra Kazhgam (DMK) workers hold protests in Chennai. The DMK had supported former PM Manmohan Singh for critising the way the demonetisation was implemented in Rajya Sabha. “Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh put it beautifully when he called it a monumental management failure,” it said.


The bandh in the state called by the ruling Left Democratic Front has affected the daily life in the state. To condemn the demonetisation, the ruling LDF had called for a complete shutdown. While shops and business establishments were shut, school and colleges also remained closed throughout the state. In parts of the state, movements of private vehicles were also disrupted.


In Bihar, the workers protested by targeting the movement of the trains. While a train under the Gaya-Patna division was interrupted, the Ganga Damodar express and the Hatia Patna express being stranded at the Gaya station for almost four hours. The supporters of the Bandh also took to the streets and appealed shopkeepers to close their shops.

West Bengal

The situation in Kolkata is quite normal so far although the Left parties had called for a 12-hour state-wide bandh. As per the reports, the government buses and other private vehicles were seen plying on the road. “So far there has been no major incident, except a few small ones in the districts,” said a senior police official as per a report in HT.

Uttar Pradesh:

The Samajwadi party workers protested against demonetisation in Allahabad. On Sunday, UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav blamed the Centre of creating a mess of the Indian economy. He said the government is causing hardship to farmers, labourers and traders by demonetising ₹ 500 and ₹ 1,000 notes.

Opposition denies call for all-India Bandh

Ghulam Nabi Azad, the opposition leader in the Rajya Sabha, denied all-India bandh called by the opposition parties against demonetisation. “The maximum amount of black money is with the BJP. Before criticizing other parties, they should introspect first. As far as the Bharat Bandh is concerned, nobody has spoken about it. We have not taken any call on or for a Bharat Bandh,” he said.